Ancient history news

gazelles on a roasting spit

At ... and the same story has been at PhysOrg and Science Daily. Gazelles were a prized part of the diet of Natufian hunter gatherers during the Bolling-Alleroed phase of climate (between the end of the Ice Age and the Younger Dryas period) and continued into the latter, maintaining a high part of their diet in what was thought to be an extremely dry period (the Younger Dryas).

vines in Sudan

At ... which takes us back to the 7th century AD and the Christian kingdom of Mukaria (which existed as a rival kingdom to Islamic dominated Egypt, practising the form of Christianity that flourished in the Nile Valley from the 3rd century until the 7th). Makuria existed from the 6th to the 14th centuries - and was probably under pressure from Arabs and their successors throughout that period.


Stephen Oppenheimer has written at least three very controversial books - and they all involve genetics (and his version of genetic interpretation). In this instance we are having a look at his theory regarding the peopling of Britain and Ireland, and the idea of an Ice Age refuge area in Iberia and SW France (and the possibility that Basques may represent a survival of those people).


Not really ancient history - just a few centuries ago. At ... we have a post on the Reformation of the English Church, a fascinating subject (for some) but of no interest to others. It seems there is a Great Bible of Thomas Cromwell, a fore runner of the King James version (which was for mass consumption). It has been in the library of Lambeth Palace, just across the river from Westminster Abbey, and has some secrets - annotations that interest scholars.


Long article on Jerusalem at ... lots of effort went into this and lots of pictures to go with the text. Enough there to get anybody thinking. Do we really know where the city of David was located?

Tell es-Safi

At ... excavations at Tell es-Safi, the site of Biblical Gath, one of the famed 5 cites of the Philistines, have reached Iron Age levels and they have uncovered a horned altar similar to those described in Exodus 27:1 and I Kings 1:50 etc. It is three and half feet high and one and a half feet around each side - and is made of stone.

Thutmose III

At ....     Late Bronze age Egyptian seals are still to be picked up from the ground it would seem - a bit like Roman coins in Europe. A hiker on a trip to Karnei Hittin noticed a white object on the ground, obvious to his eye as the ground rock was black basalt.

Noah and McHugh

This is one of those stories that seemed to die a death. At ... we have a post on John McHugh and his idea the constellations tell a religio-mythic tale that he had hoped would be taken seriously and properly investigated. It never was. His theory involved Noah's Flood - and even mentioning those two words will make some people apoplectic, let alone take you seriously. His dissertation caused a lot of animosity and a soiled debate that was not at all helpful in trying to decide if he was on to something or it was all piffle.

big water

At ... sure to interest Velikovskians, even the Saturnists.

See also ... where David Talbot will be speaking on 'Rituals of Remembering and Forgetting' and Jno Cook on 'The End of Catastrophism'

Tim Cullen has worked out one way of coming to terms with the longevity of some of the Biblical characters, especially the pre-Noah list of names. It involves changes in the axis of rotation.

John Davis

Interesting post at the New Chronology Yahoo Group by John Davis - talking about a TV programme featuring David Rohl.